This event (a public lecture with plenty of time for questions and comments) will address the questions: what should and what can be done about education and skills in Greater Manchester?
The centrality of education and skills for economic prosperity and inclusion, as well as for the vision of innovation and creativity expressed in the Greater Manchester strategy, is self-evident. Thus it is a source of increasing and widespread frustration that, while other crucial aspects of urban life (population health and social care being the most prominent example) can now be planned at a city-region level to contribute to these goals, the education and skills system, if it can be called that, remains fragmented.
In her lecture, Ruth Lupton will set out some of the facts and figures about education and skills in GM, from cradle to career, and dispel some of the myths. She will attempt to persuade us that we need to develop a vision of a ‘learning city’ that transcends ‘chunking’ into phases and transcends competition between institutions - and that it can be done! Moving beyond calls for more devolved powers to ‘drive up standards’, she will invite us to consider what our ‘challenge’ really is, and how we can revisit the spirit of the Greater Manchester (schools) Challenge to develop a system-wide approach to equity and improvement.
This event is free and open to everyone with a stake in education in Greater Manchester – students, parents, teachers, governors, local authority officers, citizens, training providers, politicians, academics, researchers, consultants and others.
Public lecture begins at 5pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits available from 4.30pm
Directions to lecture theatre:
Enter by main entrance to Ellen Wilkinson, closest to Oxford Rd. turn right past reception desk and through double door and there is a lift. Follow this to 5th floor and you will be at the venue.